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I would like to raise the rear of my bike an inch or so, and I was wondering a few things....
1. does anyone sell shorter links for the rear?
2. how do you go about removing and installing the links?
3. How would this affect handling?

I'm pretty tall, and I wouldn't mind a little more height and clearance. Has anyone done this?
 

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I bought some links off of ebay. I guess what I was wondering about was the difficulty in installing the links. Do you have to compress the shock?
 

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I bought some links off of ebay. I guess what I was wondering about was the difficulty in installing the links. Do you have to compress the shock?
Haven't done links on a Strom, but on any other bike I've done it's been very easy. Just need to have all the weight off the rear end.
 

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Raised my DL650 1" with the shorter links off EBay

I felt that the DL650 was a bit short for my legs and I also wanted a little more room between rocks and the engine guard. I found the raising links on EBay and ordered a pair.

The installation was very easy with the center stand and I didn't have to remove the rear wheel to complete the change. I would suggest some sort of a lever set-up so you can raise the rear wheel/swing arm up slightly to align the bolts. Don't forget the Blue Loc-tite on the bolts when you're done.

I love the way the bike feels with this change - better handling and stance just as if you lowered the front. I have seen the caution that you do not want to run the higher rear with a lowered front. The front suspension height should be returned to stock with the higher rear.

Good luck!
 

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I don't have a centerstand on mine, so I guess I'm going to have to improvise a little.
I haven't lowered the front forks yet anyway, so no problem there. I'm looking forward to the improved handling and extra height. THanks for the tips! By the way, do you have any pictures of your bike. It sounds interesting based on the farkle list.
 

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I haven't lowered the front forks yet anyway, so no problem there.
If you leave them at stock height, the steering should be more responsive with the ass-end raised. You really don't have much ability to lower the forks since the triple clamp is only about an inch thick.

Dunno what you do about raising the rear wheel off the ground without a center or paddock stand.
 

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If you leave them at stock height, the steering should be more responsive with the ass-end raised. You really don't have much ability to lower the forks since the triple clamp is only about an inch thick.

Dunno what you do about raising the rear wheel off the ground without a center or paddock stand.
I should have said raised, not lowered.
I'm thinking about using my engine hoist to pick it up with some straps.
 

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I should have said raised, not lowered.
I'm thinking about using my engine hoist to pick it up with some straps.
That's basically how I installed my lowering links. It's really not hard at all. I don't think you said whether you have a 650 or a 1000. On the 1000 the left side exhaust is in the way, so you have to remove the bottom bolt first, then once the rear is free you lift the wheel until it's just about touching the fender and the upper bolt will just wiggle under the swing arm and over the exhaust. It's a lot easier with two people.

If you have a 650 it should be a piece of cake, since the left side is pretty wide open.

The nuts are on pretty tight. A breaker bar and a six-point socket is mighty helpful to get them loose. The bolt is 14mm, the nut is 17mm.


Edit.... I see now that you have a 650. Easy as pie dood!
 

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Good deal... sounds pretty easy! Can't wait for them to get here.
 

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I'll be getting some photographs on soon. I kept waiting until "that one last change" before posting photographs, but I now realize that the tinkering is just not going to end.
 

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How do you raise the front?
You can't raise it very much. Lower the fork tubes so that the tops are recessed 5mm in the top triple (no more!!!) and run your sag a little less than ideal, say 30mm instead of 35-40mm. Oh, and put good fork springs in it. :mrgreen:
 

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Will the shorter links give me more ground clearance?

I'm less concerned about flat-footing the bike than I am about dragging my skidplate. I'd like a bit more room underneath the bike.

Jamie
 

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Yes, they should give you a little more ground clearance.
I'm liking the shorter links a lot.
 
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